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POSTGAME 5: Burned by the Flames

Cousins gets Flyers on the board early, but Flames shut down Flyers for 3-1 win

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers got out to an early 1-0 lead, scoring on their first shot, but Brian Elliott stopped all 33 shots after that as the Flames edged the Flyers 3-1 on Wednesday night in Calgary.

In an opening period full of action, the teams traded goals in nearly identical fashion within the first five minutes. Nick Cousins scored on the Flyers first shot when he slammed home a centering pass from Matt Read, while rookie Matthew Tkachuk scored to draw Calgary even.

The Flyers failed to capitalize on seven minutes of power-play time, including a five-minute major in which they had a full two minutes of a 5-on-3. They dominated most of the play in the second period, but a seeing-eye shot from the point by TJ Brodie snuck past Neuvirth to give the Flames a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Flames shut the door in the third period and added an empty netter to seal the win. Neuvirth stopped 20 of 22 shots in the loss.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came when the Flyers couldn't convert on their five minute power play early in the first period, which featured a full two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage… Already getting one past Elliott at that point, adding another goal early on would have put Calgary behind and have them play a different style game.

3. THREE STARS

1 - Brian Elliott: Stopped 33 of 34 shots for his seventh win in 11 games against the Flyers.

2 - Matthew Tkachuk: Posted the first Flames goal that tied it up quickly after falling down 1-0… He added an assist and was a +3.

3 - Michal Neuvirth: Held the Flyers in the game with several key saves as the Flames pushed in the second period.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers outshot the Flames 34-23 on the game and had 70 total shot attempts to Calgary's 50. The Flames blocked 25 Philadelphia shot attempts. 
 
* The Flyers outshot the Flames 15-8 in the first period and have now outshot their opponent 75-34 in the first period of the last six games.

* Jordan Weal led the Flyers with six shots on goal, while Nick Cousins was second with five shots.
 
* Ivan Provorov had six total shot attempts, one hit, three takeaways and four blocked shots.
 
* Brayden Schenn was credited with six of Philadelphia's 15 hits.

5. THEY SAID IT

"Our compete level was there and we were creating chances. Every line was in their end. Five on five, it felt like we carried most of the play. It was just one of those nights we threw everything at him and couldn't seem to get the second one."
- Jordan Weal

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